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That's awesome! Congratulations!!!
Wow Lesa! You have done soooo very well and have accomplished so much! I love the expression of joy on your face with your bike! A whole new world has opened up for you and I'm so very proud of you! Thank you for the amazing support and inspiration that you've been to me since the beginning! You are a gift and I'm so thankful to have traveled this journey with you!
What a great update! You look stunning and your children are so beautiful! Congratulations on managing a very full, hectic lifestyle and continuing to use your sleeve well! You have much to be proud of!
You look beautiful and have had an amazing journey! Congratulations and good luck on hitting your modified goal!
I have an awesome little machine that one of my MFP friends helped me get at a great price called Mr. Coffee Cafe Latte. I put my almond milk, sugar free coffee syrup and protein in the bottom portion of the machine and the machine steams and froths the almond milk while the coffee brews into it. The protein blends in very nicely. I've been using it daily since I got it and it's saved me a lot on coffee!
I also discovered a while back that Starbucks has protein that you can blend into your coffee. I don't get cold, blended drinks anymore because of the sugar but you can add protein to those. Instead, I ask them to steam the protein into hot coffee when I get it and it turns out smooth and creamy. If they don't steam it in, it will be a nasty, clumpy mess but if they steam it in it's wonderful! I usually get 2 scoops of protein (each scoop has 15 g of protein and only 30 calories per scoop) in a sugar free soy vanilla latte.
I drink coffee on a daily basis. Sometimes I steam protein into it other days I drink it without protein. I frequently use unsweetened almond milk with 5g protein or a light vanilla soy milk. I am careful to be sure that I drink extra water to counteract the diuretic effects of the caffeine (which doesn't sound like an issue since you drink decaf) and make sure that my carb count is in check on days that I use light soy milk since the carbs are higher than they are in my almond milk. I also use a sugar free coffee syrup to flavor it. I'm almost 10 months out.
My surgeon actually recommends no coffee for the rest of my life but that has been difficult for me. Sugar is a huge trigger for me so I have to avoid it but coffee doesn't cause me to crave or want unhealthy things. If I was going for sugar laden coffee on a daily basis (like I used to have pre-surgery) that would be a very different story. So that's my take on it... I'm curious what others will say.
ETA: I waited about 4 months post surgery before I started drinking coffee again.
Thanks Anne. I hope the hair loss is short lived for you. It didn't make a huge impact for me - at least initially. I hope it doesn't get worse this go-round. Looks like you are doing great on your journey! Congratulations and keep up the great work!!
I am planning on having my labs done soon. Probably later this week. I was taking Bariatric Fusion vitamins for several months post-surgery. But about 3 months ago I switched to a different (newer and less expensive) brand of bariatric vitamins. I don't know if they were any good and am curious if that is playing a role at all. Thanks for your response!
My surgeon gave me the paperwork to have my blood work done and I will be having it done at a lab. I'm very curious how the results will be and what it will tell me. Hopefully it will tell me something that can enlighten me in this area. Thanks for your feedback!
I am about 9 1/2 months out. I had the normal hair loss issue but it stopped after only about a month and a half. My TOM occurred about every 3 weeks post op until around December when it seemed to go back to normal, occurring every 4 weeks or so. But now things seem to be mixed up again. My hair started falling out AGAIN and my cycle is wonky again. What in the world is going on? I have been faithfully getting between 80 and 100g of protein in daily, take my vitamins, get plenty of water. My weight loss has been much slower since December but I'm still slowly melting away. I have recently increased the amount of exercise that I do as well as the intensity of it and have been feeling very fatigued lately. I had a colonoscopy about a month ago that they knocked me out for. I don't know if that would have any impact on the hair loss, etc. but I'm curious as to the reason this is happening. Any thoughts or insights? Thanks in advance!
You've given me something to think about today! :) Interesting point. I look different, have more energy, am more confident, definitely have displayed more determination and am much more active than I once was. But have I "changed" or am I just becoming the person I was always meant to be? I don't know that anyone has specifically said "you've changed, Jessica", but I'm sure they have thought it or implied it in one way or another. I look forward to reading your blog. :)
Ree, you are amazing and such an inspiration to me and to so many others! I am so proud of you and Myrtle. :) You are doing amazing and I am so happy for you and all of your success! I thought your hair looked shorter and made a comment about it on MFP. You look great!!!
Today is my 7 month sugiversary! I am down 101.4 lbs! It's crazy! My head definitely has not caught up with my body yet. My surgeon's office is holding a pinning ceremony next week for all patients who had surgery in 2012. They asked me to submit a before and after photo for a slide show they are putting together. I was actually shocked to see the difference 7 short months have made. I have posted progress pics in the past but I think this is the first time I've ever been taken aback by how much I really have changed. Am I really getting that skinny?!
Thanks for all of the support that I have found here on OH and for all of my MFP friends who have encouraged and cheered me on throughout this journey! I have been so blessed by all of you!
Today it finally happened! I stepped on my scale and discovered that I had officially become a member of the CENTURY CLUB!! What a huge victory! I've got about 44 lbs to go. I haven't been posting here as much but have been encouraged and inspired by so many here! Thank you for the roles you all have played in my journey and in my success! Now I just need to figure out how to get the gold card... :)
At my place of employment they are holding a "Biggest Loser" competition for the next two months. Participants are contributing $20 into the pool and at the end, the winner takes all. I could love to participate and would appreciate the additional motivation. But I'm wondering if I would be at an unfair advantage because of my surgery. I'm almost 7 months out and my weight loss is definitely slower these days. Any thoughts?
The people putting on the competition know about my surgery and don't think it would likely be a problem for me to participate. But they are still discussing it. I would love a shot at winning and could use some new clothes that aren't falling off. ;)
Tina, you inspire me every day! I am so proud of you and love to celebrate your victories with you along he way. I love that your doctor wants you to share your success with others as well! I know you will inspire and encourage many others as a result of your hard work and dedication. Way to go!! Congrats on your 80 lbs lost! I look forward to the day you report that you've met your goal!